July 23, 1887 – To Rev. Stanton, Smiths Falls, ON from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
July 23, 1887
Rev. M. Stanton, P.P.
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Dear Rev. Father,

Your favor of the 21st inst. is at [hand)] and in reply beg to say that if the old man in question were from Smiths Falls, I would be most happy to admit him at once but it is customary with us not to receive poor from any parish without application being made directly from the Parish to which they belong. We adhere strictly to this rule and I know you can readily surmise our reasons for so doing. If I have made a mistake in locating Elmsly in the parish of Perth send the man at once, otherwise, the case stands as above. Do not think dear Rev. Father that I would hesitate for a moment to oblige you. I [feel] satisfied that you understand my motives in acting as I do.

I am dear Rev. Fathers,
Very Respectfully
Sister Mary Edward, Sup. Gen.
Notes: Another copy of this letter exists, with discrepancies, as an individual letter. 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter July 23, 1887.
Source: 105-C, General Superior's fonds, Correspondence series, Copybook, pp. 85-86, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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